Daily care and prevention makes a significant impact on keeping teeth healthy and strong and protecting our overall health and well-being. Ignoring proper dental care and avoiding the dentist only leads to things like tooth loss, increased health problems, and expenses. So think about investing in a new toothbrush, dental floss, and practicing preventative dental habits, so your smile can be a lasting one.
Forgetting to Brush Before Bed
No matter how busy or tired you are, always brush your teeth before going to bed. While you sleep, the sugar you have sitting on your teeth from the day combine with the bacteria in your mouth and form the acid that eats at your teeth during the night.
Eating Late Night Snacks
If you have brushed your teeth, do not snack on food or drink anything besides water. This will undo the benefits of brushing your teeth earlier.
Clench or Grind your Teeth
Clenching and grinding your teeth can cause some serious dental problems like TMJ, loose or chipped teeth, or an overall wearing or breakdown of the teeth. Stress will manifest itself in many ways, and this is unfortunately a common one. To stop this habit, seek out ways to relieve stress. If you still have problems in this area, ask us about getting a mouth guard to wear at night.
Using Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are meant for chewing food, and not as tools. They are not for opening packages, closing small metal objects, biting off tags from new clothes, or opening a can. Eventually, you will damage a tooth or teeth and find yourself in need of some serious repair.
If you are thinking about skipping your twice yearly check-ups to save money, think again. When you skip out on preventative care you run a much greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to more expensive dental treatments and more serious and costly health risks including heart disease and stroke.